Previous studies have suggested that nonpsychiatrists tend to prescribe antidepressants (ADs) with the most side effects (SEs), whereas psychiatrists are more likely to prescribe more ADs with fewer SEs.
The authors used a questionnaire to examine the antidepressant prescribing pattern, conditions for which ADs were prescribed, and SEs of concern to physicians.
Of those surveyed, the psychiatrists reported prescribing significantly more nortriptyline and desipramine, whereas the nonpsychiatrists prescribed more amitriptyline.
The nonpsychiatrists were more likely to prescribe ADs for pain and they were significantly less concerned with orthostatic hypotension.
Possible lower dosing and level of concern about orthostatic hypotension may be related.
Further study is proposed to assess other factors that might influence AD choice.
Mots-clés Pascal : Prescription médicale, Antidépresseur, Psychotrope, Etude comparative, Psychiatre, Médecin généraliste, Prise conscience, Toxicité, Chimiothérapie, Traitement, Homme, Personnel sanitaire
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Medical prescription, Antidepressant agent, Psychotropic, Comparative study, Psychiatrist, General practitioner, Awareness, Toxicity, Chemotherapy, Treatment, Human, Health staff
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Cote : 95-0243693
Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 09/06/1995.